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CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
president obama >>> mr. speaker, last week the averlicans made a serious offer to the fiscal cliff and most of year bas based on testimony givn last year by president clinton's former chieffo of staff erskinbowles and as he set himself on sunday, we have too t cut spending. well, he's right. has a speg washington has a spending be hone let's be honest, west are broke. president's call for a balanced approach. a lot of people know that the president and i met on sunday. it was a nice meeting. it was cordial. we're still waiting for the white house to see what spending cuts the president is willing to make as part of the balanced approach that he promised the american people. where are the president's spending cuts? the longer the white house slow walks this process the closer our economy gets fought fiscal cliff. -- gets to the fiscal cliff. here's what we know. we know that the president wants more stimulus spending and an increase in the debt limit without any cuts or reforms. that's not fixing our problem. frankly, it's making it worse. on top of that, the president wants to raise taxes on many small business owners. now, even if we did exactly what the president wants, we would see red ink as far as the eye can see. that's not fixing our problem either. it
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
, he's not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and he's clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. what the president is really interested in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first, by raising taxes on small business that he believes are making too much money and then on everybody else, not so he can lower the debt or the deficit but so he can spend to his heart's contefnlts for months the president has been saying all he wants is to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the debt and the deficit. however, yesterday he finally revealed that's not really his true intent. by demanding the power to raise the debt limit whenever he wants, by as much as he wants, he showed what he's really after is assuming unprecedented power to spend taxpayer dollars without any limit at all. this isn't about getting a handle on deficits or debt for him. it's about spending even more than he already has. why else would he demand the power to raise the debt limit on his own? by the way, why on earth would we ever consider giving a president who's brought us fou
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 9:00am EST
i believe that any deal to avert the fiscal cliff must address serious entitlement reform. we should not let the discussion around taxes, which is sort of dominating the airwaves here in washington, distract us from the fact that washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. every independent expert who examined america's long-term structural fiscal dilemma comes to the same conclusion. entitlement programs are the drivers of our national debt over the long term. those who argue that we can dig our way out of a $16 trillion debt -- and counting, by the way -- by raising taxes are ignoring reality. according to the congressional budget office's most recent forecast, under the current tax rates, revenues over the next ten years will average roughly 18% of g.d.p. in other words, federal revenues will return to their historical average without raising taxes on anyone. i will repeat that, mr. president, because i think it's an important point. our tax revenues will go back up to average 18% over the next decade, which is the historical average. that happens with existing tax policy in place without raising taxes on anyone. in fact, according to the c.b.o., congressional budget office, under the current tax rates, revenue as a percentage
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
for revenues which would be enough to get us past the fiscal cliff, use automatic spending cuts to make sure taxes don't go up, at least on the great majority and then figure out what to do about the upper brackets, and if that is -- that would be a mechanism that would guarantee further action next year and as is very well possible they would disagree next year and there would be some sort of trigger or punishment for their lack of action. that sounds relatively simple, putting it all together could take at least a couple weeks after you have a deal, there could be some inevitable blow ups from conservatives in the house for the senate so a lot of it is speculation. secondly, a lot of of things that might go in this down payment, farm subsidy cuts, there is a proposal to make federal retirees--federal workers pay more towards their retirement, that can get pretty political pretty quickly. it is very much in flux. all of that presupposes they get an agreement. there is a school of thought that they can't get an agreement until after tax rates actually go. >> host: andrew taylor is
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
believe we can avoid the fiscal cliff and address our massive deficit but that requires doing three essential things: reforming our tax code, reforming entitlement programs, and better controlling our spending. we can get additional revenue by reforming our tax code. that means closing loopholes and limiting deductions. by closing loopholes and limiting deductions, we can make the tax code -- tax code simpler and fairer to stimulate growth in our economy. markets get the kind of certainty they need to invest, to grow and to hire. it's a growing economy, a growing economic base that creates more jobs and revenue, not higher taxes. the simple fact is, we must make america a great place to do business again. our pro-growth strategies in my home state of north dakota have broadened our economic base and raised revenue without raising taxes. that has resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. growing personal income and rather than a deficit, a budget surplus. in addition to pro-growth tax reform, we also need to start a fair and thoughtful process to reform entitlement programs. if we don't, they won't be sound and solvent for future generations. for example, medicare's hospital servic
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
cliff today. so there are serious concerns on my side of the aisle that any agreement we reach will result in immediate tax hikes but promise spending -- promised spending cuts never occurred. we need more than just empty promises from the other side. the president and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle need to get serious about looking at the spending side. it's time for the president to make good on his campaign promise of supporting his words balanced approach to deficit reduction. let me repeat what i said at the beginning. all we have heard for three or four weeks now since the election is all about taxes. in fact, too often, that's what republicans are talking about, although they have got to be considered now as a result of the election. but if we give the president everything he wants in the sense of the -- taxing the wealthy, with the figures he wants, still runs the government only for eight days. what about the other 357 days? it only takes care of 7% of the deficit problems we face year after year after year and it's going to be year after year after year into the future if we don't get something done about it. so what abo
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
where are we today? we're talking about the fiscal cliff. the president campaigned around this country, and he said i have got a balanced plan, and that balanced plan is going to have so much in spending cuts and so much in tax increases, it needs to be balanced, and you republicans, we have got to have more tax increases, our country needs to get itself on a sound financial path, and i have got a deficit reduction plan. and he ran an ad, he ran an ad in the last months of this campaign that said i have a plan to pay down the debt. earlier this year his budget director came before the committee and would not disavow the claim the president has a plan to pay down the debt. and i would just say that that is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever, that the president of the united states would tell the american people don't worry, elect me, i've got a plan to pay down the debt. when he has no such plan. nothing close to it. under the score of the congressional budget office, over the next ten years we will add almost $9 trillion -- we will add $9 trillion in debt of the united states. add 9 trillion more dollars. that's almost a trillion dollars a year for ten years on average.
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
fiscal cliff that we also include the farm bill. because with the farm bill we save $23 billion over what we've been spending the last few years. so let's get to work and get this done. thank you, madam president. i yield the floor. i ask unanimous consent that the following members of senator baucus' staff be granted floor privileges during the consideration of h.r. 6156. that would be lisa pearlman, rebecca nolan, owen hockey and dan rusk. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. klobuchar: i yield the floor and i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: i ask unanimous consent a dealee to the committee on banking, housing and urban affairs, katharine topping be granted floor privileges for the remainder of this session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: thank you. we all recognize the country faces many, many challenges. too many of our neighbors are still looking for work
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
heard about this fiscal cliff. that's the convergence of higher tax rates and, of course, all the spending. >> both parties, democrats and the republicans need to come together. >> the our three branches of government, and congress, and the president are equal. and pretty much neither one has the right position for the country. >> i know that america is going to be a great country again. and that will fix the problems we have at home, and bring together the two parties that are dividing the country, and fighting for different things. i know that this is going to happen. >> we're only going to get out of this together. we're not going to get out of it as a democrat. we're not going to get out of it as republican. we're going to get out of it as an american. >> thank you, ed. thank you, joan. we're going to get on with a program right now. let the introduce the moderator of that program, ron brownstein. on its editorial director of the "national journal," which means he oversees all the little coverage coming out of our company. he writes a weekly column for "national journal." is regularly on cnn an
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
avoiding the fiscal cliff, it's important for us to remember that our actions, or inactions, will have real-world consequences for millions of americans. many folks near washington seem too casual about the possibility of a massive tax hike and what that would do to our economy. indeed, some of my democratic colleagues apparently think they could quickly undo all of the tax increases that would fall on middle-class workers. in reality, it would not be that simple. just ask any small business owner trying to meet payroll and plan for the future. everyone knows, as i said to start with, that we are experiencing the weakest economic recovery since world war ii and the longest period of high unemployment since the great depression. if you ask me, this is the worst possible moment for a huge tax hike, something the president himself acknowledged when he extended -- agreed to extend the so-called bush tax cuts in 2010, when the economy was growing slower than it is today. and too many of my colleagues across the aisle seem to be comfortable with threatening the possibility of a recession by
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